President Trump Signs New Immigration Order

President Trump Signs New Immigration OrderPresident Donald Trump has signed a new executive order which placed a 90-day ban on people from six majorly Muslim nations.

The immigration order, which takes effect on March 16 to limit travel disruption, includes a 120-day ban on all refugees.

The number of affected countries was reduced from seven to six, following the exclusion of Iraq from the list.

People with valid visas would also be allowed to enter the U.S.

President Trump’s spokesman, Kellyanne Conway, had said a revised order was expected from the White House since the earlier ban was blocked by a Federal Court.

The previous order suspended the entire U.S. Refugee Resettlement Programme, and also blocked citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the country.

Although the decision sparked confusion among immigrants, but President Trump’s administration insisted that the ban was necessary to keep the U.S. safe from terrorism.

Trump Promises ‘Renewal Of American Spirit’ In Speech To Congress

trump-congressThe U.S. President, Donald Trump, has delivered his first speech to congress in what has been described as a softer and more statesman-like tone.

In his speech, the president said the U.S was witnessing a “renewal of the American spirit” and he spoke of a “new chapter of American greatness”.

According to the BBC, Mr Trump also condemned recent vandalism of Jewish cemeteries and a shooting in Kansas that left an Indian man dead.

His prime-time address sought to bolster his low approval ratings after a rough start to his presidency.

Legal Battle Over Trump’s Travel Ban

Trump And Australia PM Have 'Worst Call'A U.S. Appeal Court is weighing arguments for and against President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban, but its decision this week may not yet answer the underlying legal questions being raised in the fast-moving case.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco is expected to rule only on the narrow question of whether a lower court’s emergency halt to an executive order by Trump was justified. Trump signed the order on Jan. 27 barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and halted all refugee entries for four months.

The appeals court has several options. It could kick the case back to lower court judge James Robart in Seattle, saying it is premature for them to make a ruling before he has had a chance to consider all the evidence. Robart stopped Trump’s order just a week after he issued it and before all the arguments had been developed on both sides.

Or the panel of three appellate judges could side with the government and find halting the order was harmful to national security, reinstating it while the case continues.

Their decision is “one step in what will be a long, historic case,” Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor at Cornell University Law School who specializes in immigration. Ultimately, the case is likely to end up in the U.S. Supreme Court, legal experts said.

The case is the first serious test of executive authority since Trump became president on Jan. 20, and legal experts said there were three main issues at play for the judiciary.

The broad questions in the case are whether the states have the right to challenge federal immigration laws, how much power the court has to question the president’s national security decisions, and if the order discriminates against Muslims.

Washington state filed the original lawsuit, claiming it was hurt by the ban when students and faculty from state-run universities and corporate employees were stranded overseas.

Trump administration lawyer August Flentje argued at an appeals court hearing on Tuesday that the states lack “standing” to sue the federal government over immigration law, but his arguments were questioned by the judges.